February 6, 2023

Microsoft Teams’ Problematic Dominance

What this about Microsoft Teams’ problematic dominance? Microsoft can be the subject of an investigation into alleged unfair tactics. These are the ones that give it an advantage in the office software market.

The fact that the video conferencing service is packed with the Microsoft 365 (previously Office 365) suite, which includes programs like Word, Excel, and cloud storage through OneDrive, may be the subject of an EU antitrust inquiry. This is according to Reuters(opens in new tab).

A major participant in the online collaboration market is Slack. It is probably suffering as a result of the Microsoft 365 price plan. Hence Slack brought attention to this allegedly unfair integration.

 

Microsoft Teams’ problematic dominance: Slack vs. Teams

Here’s Naysblog’s analysis:

Slack offers complete chat support, video conferencing, and voice calls at $7.25 (£5.75) per user each month on a yearly commitment.

Microsoft’s most affordable business plan, which includes Teams, 1TB of cloud storage, and web versions of its main apps, starts at $6 (£4.50) per month, annually. A monthly subscription with full desktop clients starts at $12 (£7.90).

Slack has pushed the EU competition watchdog to demand that Microsoft sell its Teams platform separately from the Microsoft 365 suite. In order to foster stronger competition from companies like Slack, Zoom, and Google Workspace.

More questionnaires have apparently been distributed by the European Commission since a batch was handed out in October. Which some people think may be the beginning of an inquiry into the firm’s operations.

A paid version of Teams is now being developed by Microsoft. And it will include capabilities like AI transcription in 40 different languages and more sophisticated security measures. It won’t be available until Q1 2023 at the earliest. Teams’ regular edition will still be included in the larger Office 365 bundle for the time being.

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